- Oplan TokHang takes the posh villages of Forbes Park and Magallanes as police operations were conducted in Makati City on Monday, September 5
- In the reinvigorated Oplan TokHang, the police officers team up with the barangay leaders to distribute flyers from house to house
- The flyers were meant to inform people of the ongoing drug campaign and the procedures for emergency cases
A 're-invigorated' Oplan TokHang was launched in the posh and gated Magallanes and Forbes Park villages in Makati City, which the homeowners' associations called the "Kapit Bisig Kontra Droga" on Monday, September 5.
According to Philippine National Police (PNP) Southern Police District (SPD) director Senior Superintendent Tomas Apolinario, the activity is the launch of the re-invigorated Oplan TokHang, wherein they will be going around and giving flyers.
"Itong activity namin dito actually is the reinvigorated TokHang – we go to the residence and we give them flyers. We inform them of the PNP's anti-illegal drugs campaign so nandito 'yung mga procedures to follow," he said.
(Our activity here is the reinvigorated TokHang – we go to the residence and we give them flyers. We inform them of the PNP's anti-illegal drugs campaign so the procedures to follow are here.)
A team of 20 police officers and 4 agents from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), was joined by Magallanes Barangay Captain Armand Padilla, Magallanes Village Association president Luigi Gana, Forbes Park Barangay Captain Evangeline Manotok, and Forbes Park Association president Jun Medina as they go around the villages and handed out flyers containing the effects of illegal drugs and the contact numbers of authorities in case of emergencies.
The operation started with a meeting with the barangay officials and the homeowners' association, who gave them the permission to enter the villages.
"It means that through the homeowners, meron kaming access sa area na ito," said Apolinario.
(It means that through the homeowners, we have access to these areas.)
The police also denied having special treatment for the residents of the posh villages, saying, "Wala namang [special] treatment. Kung titignan mo ang ganda kasi we don't have really to patrol these areas regularly kasi naka-concentrate kami sa iba kasi they have their own security…. For every corner, merong mga security guard so 'di mo masasabing special treatment 'yan."
(No special treatment. What's good here is that we don't have to regularly patrol these areas and we can concentrate on others because they have their own security... For every corner, there's a security guard, so you can't say that's special treatment.)
Oplan TokHang is the drug campaign launched by the Duterte administration where the police go from house-to-house and tell suspected drug users and pushers to change their ways. The word "TokHang" came from the contraction of Visayan words "toktok" (knock) and "hangyo" (request).
Police chiefs and station commanders are expected from mayors and homeowners' associations as Oplan TokHang moves on to condominiums, gated subdivisions, and business process outsourcing offices.
As of September 4, there have been 679,122 Oplan TokHang operations nationwide and a total of 685,740 people who surrendered.